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Skaftafell national park

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Skaftafell national park

  1. 1. Skaftafell National ParkIceland<br />September 2011<br />
  2. 2. Skaftafellsjökull, the glacier after which the park is named. Just one glacial tongue of the vast ice cap, Vatnajökull.<br />
  3. 3. Bölti Farm perched high above the sandur – my home in Skaftafell<br />
  4. 4. View of the sandur (glacial flood plain) from Bölti. The family rents out bunkhouses to hikers in the summer.<br />
  5. 5. The Ring Road runs through the sandur, always at risk for being washed away in a massive jökulhlaup – a powerful flash flood of glacial melt water unleashed by eruptions beneath the ice cap. A few weeks before my trip, a jökulhlaup washed out the highway near Vík.<br />
  6. 6. Looking towards Skeiðarárjökull. Backpacking 101 – hand wash clothes to save money.<br />
  7. 7. The backpacker’s kitchen – a traditional turf house.<br />
  8. 8. Road from Bölti into the park.<br />
  9. 9. Mountains of Vatnajökull Ice Cap<br />
  10. 10. Fields of angelica<br />
  11. 11. Hundafoss<br />
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  14. 14. Þjófafoss<br />
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  17. 17. Campsite at Skaftafell<br />
  18. 18. Hike to Skaftafellsjökull<br />
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  20. 20. The glacier face, black with dirt. The hikers at far left hint at the scale.<br />
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  22. 22. I brace myself against the wind – hot in the sun, but cold in the shade!<br />
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  25. 25. Bölti at sunset<br />
  26. 26. My moment of euphoria – one of the most amazing sunsets of my life.<br />
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  28. 28. Fellow hiker Kai shares the joy of the spectacular display of light.<br />
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  38. 38. Early morning fog rolls in quickly –within five minutes a total white-out<br />
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  40. 40. Svartifoss<br />
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  42. 42. Day Hike to Kristínatindar<br />
  43. 43. Our goal – the summit of Kristínatindar – mountain on the far left<br />
  44. 44. Kai surveys the Skaftafellsheiði<br />
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  47. 47. Kai attempts to tape the sole back on his boot<br />
  48. 48. Always keep an eye on the rapidly changing weather – Kristínatindar begins to cloud in<br />
  49. 49. Switching into sneakers – a loss of pride for the mighty hiking boot.<br />
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  52. 52. Vatnajökull<br />
  53. 53. Lunch break overlooking Morsárdalur<br />
  54. 54. Kristínatindar<br />
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  59. 59. We begin the hike to the summit of Kristínatindar<br />
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  64. 64. Skaftafellsjökull far below<br />
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  76. 76. Kai reaches the summit<br />
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  81. 81. A highlight of my life – summit of Kristínatindar<br />
  82. 82. Morsárjökull<br />
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  84. 84. As the weather begins to shift rapidly, we begin our hike off the mountain…..<br />
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  92. 92. Last view of Skaftafellsjökull<br />

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